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History

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Major, Minor, Secondary Licensure

Department

Behavioral & Social Sciences (BASS) Department

History revolves around the cultural, political, religious, artistic, technological and philosophical journeys of human beings—from the prehistoric age—to modern day. A degree in history will prepare you to thrive as a college professor, researcher, data librarian, archivist and more.

Program Overview

Examine the human experience through the passage of time.

The History program at Western will allow you to discover how the past shapes and affects the present and how seemingly unrelated events and forces connect to frame human endeavors. The program will teach you about how memory and stories, commemorations, traditions, restorations and relics are used to make sense of the past and garner insight into the future.

Through comprehensive coursework in medieval, U.S., African and Latin American history, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the different perspectives of the world’s history. You’ll also develop the research and writing skills that are required in the field, across a variety of formats and topics. To gain real-world experience, you’ll have the opportunities to conduct field work at regional National Parks and National Historic Sites throughout your time in the program. Western’s History program will help you realize the complexity of human affairs from many perspectives, while preparing you professionally for a variety of meaningful careers.

Learning from the past

As a history student, you’ll gain critical thinking and analysis skills by studying past times through a variety of lenses and considering the impact of historical events locally, nationally and globally.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

All standard majors require a minor in a second discipline or a second major.

A minimum of 42 credits is required including the following:

Select two of the following 100 level courses:3
HIST 101
World History to 1500 (GT-HI1)
HIST 102
World History Since 1500 (GT-HI1)
HIST 126
U.S. History to 1865 (GT-HI1)
HIST 127
U.S. History Since 1865 (GT-HI1)
Select two of the following courses in regional history:3
HIST 254
A History of Africa (GT-HI1)
HIST 257
History of East Asia
HIST 258
History of Southeast Asia
HIST 260
Latin American History (GT-HI1)
And the following:
HIST 200Historical Inquiry3
HIST 402Engaging the Past3
History Electives 121
Total Credits33

No more than six credits in independent studies, internships or correspondence courses can be counted toward any History Major.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ANTH 107Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3) (GE I)3
ENG 102Academic Writing (GT-CO1)3
HWTR 100First Year Seminar1
MATH 113Statistical Thinking (GT-MA1)3
Elective HIST Elective 3
Credits13
Spring
ANTH 218Physical Anthropology (with laboratory)4
HIST 200Historical Inquiry3
COM 202Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2)3
Elective HIST Elective 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences /Minor3
Credits16
Year Two
Fall
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab (BIOL 130/BIOL 135 or GEOL 101/GEOL 105 or BIOL 150)4
Elective HIST Elective - Regional History3
Elective Minor 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Credits16
Spring
Elective HIST Elective - Regional History3
Elective Minor3
Elective Elective 3
Elective HIST Elective (upper division) 3
Elective Minor3
Credits15
Year Three
Fall
HIST 399Internship in History1-3
Elective HIST Elective (upper division) 6
Elective Minor (upper division) 3
Elective Minor (upper division) 3
Credits13-15
Spring
Elective HIST Elective (upper division) 6
Elective Minor (upper division) 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
Credits15
Year Four
Fall
HIST 402Engaging the Past3
Elective HIST Elective (upper division) 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
Credits15
Spring
HIST 399Internship in History1-3
Elective HIST Elective (upper division) 6
Elective Minor (upper division) 3
Elective Elective 3
Credits13-15
Total Credits116-120

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • History majors
  • Must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Must be a full-time junior or senior (completed 30 credits at Western)
  • Scholarship and intellectual inquisitiveness are major considerations

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Dr. Charles Livermore, who was an extraordinary teacher, scholar and administrator, a professor of history and chairman of the Social Studies Department at Western.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Donor Scholarship Committee (T.L. Livermore) in cooperation with the Western Colorado University Foundation.

Application:

Contact the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.7011 | Kelley Hall 240

Learn more about Western’s History Program.

Eligibility

  • An outstanding full-time History major
  • Student must have a 3.0 or better GPA (students applying as incoming first-year History majors or as current WCU History majors)
  • Financial need will be considered

Description

The Vandenbusche History Scholarship was established by Dr. Duane Vandenbusche to provide financial assistance to WCU History majors whose commitment and passion to the field of History reflects the legacy of his own.
Award depends on funds available

Selected By: Duane Vandenbusche in consultation with the Student Financial Aid Office

Application and Contact info

Duane Vandenbusche 970-943-2068 dvandenbusche@western.edu

Eligible

  • Full-time students
  • Colorado residents
  • Must be sophomore or higher, History major
  • Must have completed 24 credit hours at Western
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by family and friends to memorialize Robert Glenn Wilson, an outstanding example of academic achievement, citizenship, and student growth at Western Colorado University.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: History Department

Application:

Contact the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.7011 | Kelley Hall 240

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

Apply

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

Apply

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Expand your network and apply your knowledge.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

  • Field Experience: Seniors travel to historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Bent’s Old Fort national historical sites to study the role of commemoration and memory.
  • History Honor Society: Join Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, one of Western’s oldest academic honor societies.
  • History League: Sponsors activities including a book club and catapult construction.
  • Internships: Land an internship with the Crested Butte Heritage Museum.
  • Study Abroad: Travel to India, Ecuador, Prague, London, Italy or Belize through Extended Studies.

Historical perspectives

History students better understand the past and are prepared for the challenges raised by the present both for themselves and their communities.

News & Research

Duane Vandenbusche teaching

Duane Vandenbusche’s Next Chapter

Read More about Duane Vandenbusche’s Next Chapter
Western History Through an Expert’s Eyes

Western History Through an Expert’s Eyes

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Colorado’s new State Historian’s Council includes Vandenbusche

Colorado’s new State Historian’s Council includes Vandenbusche

Read More about Colorado’s new State Historian’s Council includes Vandenbusche

Department Chairperson

Greg Haase, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

Administrative Assistant

Patricia McCarthy

BASS Administrative Assistant

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Kelley Hall 240
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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